The World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern.
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, said that he has made a set of recommendations for four countries.
“First, those that have not yet reported a case of #monkeypox, or have not reported a case for more than 21 days,” he said.
“Second, those with recently imported cases of #monkeypox and that are experiencing human-to-human transmission. This includes recommendations to implement a coordinated response to stop transmission and protect vulnerable groups,” he added.
“The third group of countries is those with transmission of #monkeypox from animals to humans. And the fourth is countries with manufacturing capacity for vaccines and therapeutics.,” he further added.
Dr. Tedros said that for the moment, there is an outbreak that is concentrated among men who have sex with men, especially those with multiple sexual partners.
“That means that this is an outbreak that can be stopped with the right strategies in the right groups,” he said.
“It’s therefore essential that all countries work closely with communities of men who have sex with men, to design & deliver effective information & services, and to adopt measures that protect both the health, human rights & dignity of affected communities,” he added.